Jody Heymann


Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles

NLS user since 1992

  • Heymann SJ, Earle A, and Egleston B. Parental Availability for the Care of Sick Children. Pediatrics. 1996; 98(2 part 1):226-230.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. The Work Family Balance: What Hurdles Are Parents Leaving Welfare Likely to Face? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 1998;17(2):312-321.
  • Heymann SJ and Earle A. Low-Income Parents: How Do Working Conditions Affect Their Opportunity To Help School-Age Children At Risk? American Educational Research Journal. 2000; 37(2):833-848.
  • Heymann SJ, Toomey S, Furstenberg F. Working parents: what factors are involved in their ability to take time off from work when their children are sick? Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1999 Aug;153(8):870-4.
  • Heymann, SJ. The Widening Gap: Why America's Working Families are in Jeopardy and What Can Be Done About It. New York: Basic Books, 2000.
  • Heymann, SJ. Forgotten Families: Ending the Growing Crisis Confronting Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy. New York, Oxford University Press, 2006.
What I learned from NLS data

Having access to the NLSY made it possible for me to establish the critical role that working conditions play in the health and well-being of American families, particularly low-income families and families headed by mothers who have left welfare for work.

Why I chose NLS data

The NLSY was a natural choice for my early research conducted in the United States on the social gradient in access to paid leave and flexibility at work. The detailed measures of working conditions, benefits and schedules available on an annual (and then biannual) basis for a longitudinal sample with an oversampling of low-income adults in combination with extremely detailed measures on children was truly unique.